Loads of books target public-speaking fear head-on. I like a slightly different, off-center method, without the usual suspects. I share three books with clients who are nervous, anxious, or fearful of public speaking, along with a fourth option:
1. “Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking” is a book I was given when learning to make art. Like other forms of performance, making art requires you be brave enough to express yourself, then show that to one person, then get useful critique from a teacher or peer, then put it on public display, then charge for it. Each step has its perils and rewards … don’t they sound like what speakers do? A great short read.